Saturday, August 2, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy [USA, 2014]

Nine Things about the Movie Guardians of the Galaxy

1. This movie is kind of different than how it’s advertised. The weird thing here, is that the movie is much better than its trailer.

2. It was directed by James Gunn, who is mostly known only among cult movie fans for making the goofy horror-comedy Slither in 2006. If you’ve seen that movie, then you know the kind of filmmaking style he has.

3. The movie opens with a serious, poignant scene of a young boy named Peter facing his mother as she’s dying of cancer. Then he gets abducted by aliens. This forms an emotional core for the rest of the movie, which takes place 26 years later.

4. The movie gives a surprisingly complete picture of the universe that Peter grows up in, and drops a lot of information (and characters) onto the audience in a pretty short amount of time. It requires some attention from the audience to keep up.

5. This is a super smart-ass movie, with quick dialogue and humor that ranges from stupid to smart to just random. It’s one of the funniest science fiction movies I’ve seen in a long time.

6. It also has incredible set design and makeup work. A lot of effort went into the details, making each part of the galaxy seem like its own unique place. Not to mention that this movie has some of the most spectacular space battles since Star Wars. Seriously, it’s kind of epic.

7.  The movie is extremely tongue-in-cheek, but has a couple of somber motifs that weave through the fun. Periodically, issues of family loss and the feelings of being a misfit make some big points.

8. There were only a couple of times that I thought the movie got a little heavy-handed about the power of friendship or whatever.

9. This is a goofy, sarcastic space opera with big action, as well as a big heart. It’s rare that I say this, but there really is something in here for almost everybody.